Companies with the most robotics patents worldwide 2010-2019

As of July 2019, Samsung was the biggest owner of active robotics patent families. The company owned over 1,500 patent families, and had only 44 more patent families than the next company. Toyota Motor owned the second most active families and the Chinese Academy of Science the third most. In 2018, the academy surpassed Honda Motor. Its growth has been much faster in recent years than that of most competitors. The statistic is based on data provided by PatentSight.

Largest robotics patent owners worldwide from 2010 to July 2019, by number of active patent families

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

2010 to July 25th 2019

Supplementary notes

* A patent family is defined as a group of patent documents all of which have the same set of priorities. I.e., it is a group of patent documents that protect the same invention across authorities.

The owner of a patent includes all patents owned by a company and its subsidiaries (by at least 50%) based on comprehensive research on corporate structures, M&A, Spin-offs, company names changes, patent transactions. PatentSight also tracks former names of companies and subsidiaries, ongoing mergers and acquisitions, acquisitions of the past, reassignments, companies that have the same applicant, and transliterations by patent offices.

Technology field definition by Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property – ip-search: "Robotics is the branch of engineering involving the conception, design, manufacture and operation of robots, i.e. self-steering devices, apparatus or machines– a broad and diverse field related to many commercial industries and consumer uses. The present technology field does include parts of the domain of autonomous driving describing self-guided or automated devices or machines."

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